CostaFortuna Catches Fire

April 16, 2003

CostaFortuna, the under-construction, 105,000-ton ship slated for a winter
2003 launch, caught fire this week at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa. The
fire, which lasted about 3 1/2 hours, was centered on deck eight aft, an
area of passenger staterooms, and damage was pretty much limited to that
area and neighboring decks seven and nine.  Fortunately, there were no
injuries (aside from some who suffered from smoke inhalation) and a Costa
spokesman says that the fire will not result in a delay of CostaFortuna's
launch.
The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.